CO2 monitors for tracking indoor Covid risk

eAwaz Health

New York – Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a way of using carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors to help estimate the risk of catching Covid-19 and other airborne diseases in near real time. “CO2 monitoring has been used for decades to assess the quality of air handling in buildings, and can now be re-purposed to assess the risk of indoor airborne disease transmission, including Covid-19,” said Martin Z. Bazant, professor of chemical engineering and applied mathematics at MIT. “We’ve shown how it can be used in conjunction with our safety guideline to assess that risk and hope to inform personal and policy decisions about closing and re-opening indoor spaces, such as schools and businesses,” he added. The work has been detailed in the journal ‘Flow: Applications of Fluid Mechanics’.